Incident Name: Hammett Guard Station Physical Training
Date: 6/10/2015, 0900 hrs
Personnel: Terry K. "Tyke" Sonner
Agency/Organization: Boise District Bureau of Land Management
Position: Fire Operations Supervisor
Summary: On June 10, 2015, 33 year old Fire Operations Supervisor Tyke Sonner collapsed after he and his fire crew finished physical training at the Hammett Guard Station, Idaho, located about 55 miles southeast of Boise. His crew members immediately began medical treatment and called emergency services, but they were not able to revive him. A Serious Accident Investigation (SAI) Team and Critical Incident Stress Management Team have been ordered.
Tyke Sonner's photo from the BLM:
Hammett Guard Station, about 55 miles from Boise, Idaho; (U.S. National Grid: 11T PH 2565 5798)
- Bureau of Land Management: 24-hour report
- Bureau of Land Management: 72-hour expanded report
- Serious Accident Investigation Report (935 K pdf)
- Idaho firefighter dies after training in Hammett
June 11, 2015 | Online Article
HAMMETT, Idaho - A 33-year-old firefighter with the Bureau of Land Management has died after he and his crew finished physical training at a southern Idaho fire center. Terry Sonner, of Wendell, collapsed after the training at the Hammett Guard Station Wednesday morning, the BLM said in a news release. His crew members immediately began medical treatment and called emergency services, but they were not able to revive him.
The BLM says they have appointed a team to investigate the cause of Sonner's death, in the hopes of preventing similar incidents in the future. The 14-year wildland fire veteran was the fire operations supervisor of the BLM's Hammett Guard Station engine crew.
"We have lost an amazing wildland firefighter. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and the wildland firefighting community," said Andy Delmas, a fire management officer for the BLM. Sonner is survived by a wife and five children.
- USFA Memorial Database: Terry K Sonner
- Obituary: Terry K Sonner
- Go Fund Me: Tyke Sonner Memorial Fund
Idaho BLM Facebook entries on Tyke's passing:
- Tyke's service will be Friday, June 19th at 2:00 p.m. in Buhl at the 7th Street gym.
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